Production Management Trainee


Cascades is a global innovator and manufacturer of green products branching out to facilities across North America and Europe. The company's history is built on passion, talent, and a strong commitment to sustainable development. Above all, Cascades is the collective force of close to 11,000 highly respected individuals who are empowered to succeed as one.



Cascades Containerboard Packaging, a division of Cascades Canada ULC, owns six containerboard mills and nineteen corrugated products plants in the United States and Canada. Cascades Containerboard Packaging is the largest containerboard producer in Canada and is also a major Canadian manufacturer of corrugated products.

Your challenge!

Our manufacturing plant in Newtown, CT hopes to find a qualified and cost-conscious professional to fill the open position of Production Management Trainee. The successful candidate will be responsible for learning all safety, production, management, and supervision operations.¬ We're looking for a creative thinker who doesn't mind sharing their¬ ideas and implementing new strategies to benefit the business.¬ If you're a hard worker with excellent managerial skills and superior time management skills, we want to talk to you. We offer a competitive salary, a high-energy work environment, excellent benefits and the opportunity to build your resume.

Job Responsibilities

  • Institute a culture of safety and lead safety efforts for all employees by identifying high-risk situations, conducting safety meetings, and coordinating worker safety activities

  • Keep open communication with all Team Members regarding safety issues

  • Administer and support all safety practices and policies in compliance with Federal, State and Local Law including but not limited to: safety and OSHA reporting

  • Lead quality efforts by coaching employees on quality processes and training knowledge of ISO standard processes a plus

  • Be a key stakeholder in developing and implementing operational excellence throughout the manufacturing process

Business Objectives Alignment

  • Help develop and roll out an operational strategy in line with his sector's business strategy

Operational Excellence

  • Effectively manage human and material resources to ensure sound financial performance and the achievement of manufacturing efficiency targets

  • Maximize production efficiency and optimize the resources under his responsibility

  • Maximize synergy and foster collaboration among Cascades' groups, units and business units

  • Maximize the return on assets under his responsibility

  • Make sure operational efficiency targets are met

  • Ensure compliance with standardized manufacturing practices and procedures to deliver on the sector's objectives

  • Support the sector's continuous improvement initiatives

Human Resources

  • Build a team of competent and dedicated people whose skills complement one another

  • Ensure that the work flow and job structure are tailored to his sector's needs

  • Manage and engage his staff based on Cascades' values and business strategy

  • Implement the talent development and succession strategy in his sector in collaboration with Human Resources

Health & Safety

  • Accept the full responsibility that comes with his position in line with Cascades' OSH requirements

  • Help set OSH priorities for his sector in line with corporate objectives and follow up on them

  • Insist on and create a safe and healthy work environment for all employees in his sector

  • Promote sound occupational health and safety management

  • Personally commit to and display strong leadership in health and safety

Corporate Responsibility and Governance

  • Make sure governance rules are followed and responsibilities are carried out

  • Ensure the sustainable and responsible development of his sector

  • Insist on ethical conduct and uphold the values underlying Cascades' corporate culture

Client Focused and Innovation

  • Help his unit achieve its innovation objectives

  • Participate in technical support for clients

Additional responsibilities

  • Train as a Production Supervisor to lead and motivate as many as 45-50 people in a progressive production environment

  • Optimize efficiencies and drive efforts to reduce waste and downtime, and increase production availability

  • Provide internal customer service to various departments and employees

  • Special projects and assignments as business dictates

Core competencies defined for this job

  • Health and safety

  • Action-based focus

  • Active listening

  • Flexibility and ability to adapt

  • Managerial courage

  • Team leadership


Bachelor's degree in Operations Management or Other relevant fields

Desired experience

  • Previous experience in a safety-minded manufacturing setting, managerial experience preferred or equivalent management experience

  • Knowledge of State and Federal laws, rules and regulations pertaining to safety

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point


  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing

  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills

  • Strong organizational, prioritizing, and multitasking skills

  • Proven ability to make good decisions in a fast-moving environment

  • Confidential and discretion

  • Strong¬ interpersonal and influencing skills

Technical competencies

  • Knowledge in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma a plus

Additional information

  • Willingness to travel for training and short-term assignments at other US facilities

  • Want and desire to be challenged through new equipment, existing equipment modification, or process changes


To apply on this job or to consult any other job opportunity with Cascades, visit jobs.cascades.com.

Cascades is an equal opportunity employer.

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